Make This “Egg in a Nest” for Your Family (they will love it)!

Egg in a nest is an egg fried directly inside a piece of buttered bread. The result? Fried egg inside golden buttery toast!

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My daughter Jud texted me this picture of the “egg in a nest” that she made while at the lake visiting her Mimi. Jud was excited to learn how to make something that her daddy ate growing up. She also loved how the egg in a nest tasted, saying that it reminded her of her favorite breakfast sandwich from Starbucks.

Below are a few photos of Mimi making egg in a nest. She cut her bread hole with a jar opening, but any cookie cutter will work. I bought this 4-inch butterfly cookie cutter to try when I make these, as I never can find an open jar:-) We’ll see if the end result looks anything like a butterfly!

Savvy tips:  1). Eggs can be beaten and seasonings or cheese added before pouring into holes. This will make it look less like an egg but will be helpful for kiddos who don’t like to see yolk. 2). Bread can be buttered on all sides before adding to the skillet. 3).  Cutouts from bread can be toasted in the skillet and served with tiny dollops of jam on top.

Egg In a Nest

Egg In a Nest

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cook an egg in its own "nest" made of buttery, toasted bread.


  • 3 slices bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 pats butter or 3 TB softened butter spread
  • salt & pepper


  1. Cut holes in bread slices with jar or cookie cutter.
  2. Place butter in large skillet.
  3. Heat skillet on medium heat until butter melts and begins to sizzle.
  4. Place bread slices on skillet (may also place cutouts on skillet if enough room).
  5. Break an egg inside each bread hole.
  6. Cook until egg is to desired doneness, turning as needed.
  7. Sprinkle egg with salt & pepper
  8. Serve cutouts as toast with dollops of jelly.
Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 365Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 26mgSodium 657mgCarbohydrates 44gSugar 6gProtein 19g


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  1. I’ve tried making this before from a long ago memory. This was SO much better with your recipe! My husband loved it and so did I. It was pretty easy. Delicious! Thank you for an easy and yummy breakfast recipe!

  2. Jill I am so happy that you found this and that it brings back fond memories. Isn’t it wonderful how food ties us so closely to our loved ones? Blessings to you!!

  3. My parents used to make these when I was young (40+ years ago) and I loved them. I also had completely forgotten about them until I saw this. Now that my mom is gone, I’d love to make them, it’ll bring her closer to me again.

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